Software for Glider Pilots
Why do glider pilots need software? Once you are up in the air and
away from your home glider port, navigation becomes more difficult.
A gps with the correct software can help (you still need a map and the
ability to use it, because your GPS can go wrong). As well as this basic
function, many software packages do complex calculation to determine
how far you can fly with your given height, very useful if you wish
to land back at your site, not a field. Many software programs help
you fly in competitions as well as log your flight path for later analyses.
Xc Soar is a Free GPS gliding softwear with excellent
moving map (although slightly less clear on terrain than some, the roads
and city information is the best I've tried and the airspace display
*Has all the actually useful functions of the paid for ones. It may
not be able to tell you how many bugs are on your wings or be able to
sing you to sleep but I don't think you'll miss them ;-)
*Has a logger (not igc approved but then again neither are the others).
*active open source community supporting it, very receptive to suggestions.
See you Mobile
SeeYou Mobile is a stand alone application for the Pocket PC environment
which will help glider pilots at all levels better understand soaring
while it is happening.
Everything the glider pilot needs when flying cross-country.
Navigator II Soaring Software
Glide Navigator II is soaring software for your Pocket PC computer.
It offers moving map navigation and final glide functionality. It will
run on all Compaq Aero, Dell and iPAQ Pocket PC's. It is compatible
with any GPS that outputs NMEA 0183 data (Garmin, Volkslogger, Colibri,
Filser LX20, Transplant, EMTAC, TeleType, etc.) and offers two-way data
communication with Cambridge Aero Instruments GPS-NAV, L-NAV and 302
Navigator - Soaring flight software
Downloader - Flight log download software
SoarPilot was designed with both the sport and competition sailplane/paraglider
pilots in mind. It enhances a pilots sectional information helping
him/her to make informed speed & distance decisions when flying
around the local airfield or going cross-country. In addition, using
an attached GPS and the logger function, the pilot can download and
plot the flight track information after flying for futher analysis or
just for fun!
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